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Monday 18 December 2017

'Staff had counselling after bloodbath' - boss of rebranded Regency

General manager John Glynn outside the Regency last year
General manager John Glynn outside the Regency last year

The manager of the former Regency Hotel says that staff were left "traumatised" and needed counselling after David Byrne was shot to death in the hotel's reception area.

Gunmen impersonating gardai burst through the doors during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency on Dublin's Northside on February 5, 2016.

Kinahan cartel gangster David Byrne (34), from Crumlin, was killed in the bloodbath, which led to a feud that has now claimed 12 lives, including those of two innocent men.

General manager John Glynn said yesterday that the hotel owners offered all staff counselling in the aftermath of the shooting.

"[The owners] invested heavily in getting support to look after all those who were affected. It was important at the time," Mr Glynn said.

"I went for counselling because of the obvious reasons. It was a great help and it was very effective.

Help

"You go to bed late at night, you lie down and all these things hit your head and you've got to get up the next morning and deal with it the best you can.

"The counselling was of great help and was worthwhile.

"Nobody in the hotel lost their life. There was nobody in the staff who got injured on that day. There was no loss of jobs. We regrouped as a business and looked on the positive side."

The hotel, owned by the McGettigan Group, has now rebranded as the Bonnington Hotel.

"The last 18 months have been challenging," Mr Glynn said.

"Dublin has been very busy. All of the hotels have been running at a very high occupancy so thank God we were able to reap the benefits of tourism and the growth factor of the Dublin hotels.

"While it has been challenging, we got over it and we were able to come out the other side.

"I was there that day. It was something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy and thankfully everyone has come out of it and we got on with our lives and our business.

"We got massive support from our customers."

Mr Glynn added that in the aftermath of the shooting, the hotel struggled to regain business for weddings and funerals.

"You can understand that if your daughter or son was getting married and you were considering the Regency, it would be hard to expect them to have their wedding in a hotel where there was a shooting," he said.

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